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December 31, 2012

E-book readers increase rapidly in US in 2012

Use of devices such as tablet computers or e-book reading devices rose from 18% in 2011 to 33% in 2012

By CBR Staff Writer

The number of e-readers aged 16 years and above has increased from 16% in 2011 to 23% in 2012, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.

The survey, which questioned 2,252 people, aged 16 years and above, across the United States, has revealed that the use of e-books has reached one-fourths of the population as a result of which the number of print readers has declined from 72% in 2011 to 67%in 2012.

The survey reported that the amount of people, who have borrowed an e-book from a library, has grown to 5% in 2012, an increase from 3% in 2012, while the library stock of e-books has grown from 24% in 2011 to 31% in 2012.

Use of devices like a tablet computers or e-book reading devices rose from 18% in 2011 to 33% in 2012, leading to an increase in e-book owners to 19% in 2012, up from 4% in 2010, while tablets sales reported 25% increase in 2012, compared to 3% in 2011.

The change has prompted libraries to borrow and hold the stocks of e-books for the readers.

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